Forests & Ecosystems of Chania

In this, the green Prefecture we will visit a natural (freshwater) lake, the only one on the island, some impressive peaks and hear some peculiar tales.


Gigilos peak of White Mountains range is considered as one of the most enchanting mountain summits of Crete. Rearing up from the depths of the gorge below Xyloskalo, it rises defiantly and rockily barren (ashen in colour), as its old name would suggest. Gigilos is from a pre-Greek word – girgiros – a pile of rocks.

  • Region White Mountains range, Sfakia, Chania
  • protected area -
  • type Summit

The only freshwater lake on the island, Kournas Lake, is located at the north edge of the White Mountains, barely 4 km from Georgioupolis, on the borders of Apokoronas

  • Region Kournas (Georgioupoli), Apokoronas, Chania
  • protected area -
  • type Lake

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